TUESDAY: Lundqvist answers questions at optional skate

Lundqvist NYR SCFHenrik Lundqvist comments after the Rangers optional practice on Tuesday – which he participated in…

Q. Last night, how did things change for the Kings and their approach after the first deflected goal? Sitting here today, how important do you feel the first goal will be psychologically for each team tomorrow?

LUNDQVIST: Well, first obviously when they score that goal in the last second of the first period, it was tough pill to swallow.
But it felt like we came out in the second and really tried to take over the game and we created a lot of chances. Quick made a lot of good saves, kept us from coming back into that game. Moving forward, obviously when you play games where everything is on
the line, you’re always looking to get a good start, you’re always looking to build confidence. A goal always gives you confidence.
So, you know, going out tomorrow, we have to leave everything out there. Getting a good start will be part of it, obviously.

Q. The Kings went through the same situation earlier in the series,  down 3-0 as well. They know a little bit what you are going through. Do  you feel you have the perfect example in front of you because they went  through that situation?

LUNDQVIST: Yeah, I think both teams know it’s possible to  turn this around. They’ve done it, and we know we can do it. It’s not
like we’ve been outplayed here, that’s not been the case.  They’ve been good, but I think we’ve been playing pretty good, as
well. It comes down to a couple plays here and there. That’s been the difference in these games.  But it starts with your belief and it starts with how you approach this game and the games after that. But they know it’s possible and we know it’s possible.

Q. How do you think you’ve done in this series overall, your play?

LUNDQVIST: I feel like I’ve been playing my game. I’ve been  feeling pretty good. But in the end, you know, giving up three or more  goals, it’s going to be tough to win.  But when I’m analyzing the game yesterday, if I can play that  scenario one more time, I would react the same way. Two deflections where  I’m going for the puck, and it changed. Then on the third one, just a  bang-bang play on the two-on-one.  I’m trying to be careful when I’m analyzing my game because I would  say 70% of the goals have been deflected from our guys or their guys. But  it’s part of the game. That’s how teams score now.  But I feel like I’m in position. I feel like I’m tracking the puck  pretty good. But it hasn’t been enough, so I’m going to try to raise my  level and try to help the team here to get the first one tomorrow.

Q. It seems like the team has been kind of down today. Is there any  reason you wanted to practice?

LUNDQVIST: Well, we got the option to go out today or  tomorrow. I felt like today was better to go out there and get a good
skate, then maybe rest tomorrow morning. I’ve done that a lot in the past  just to save energy, I guess.

Q. Can you gauge the feel of the room then, what mood guys are in?

LUNDQVIST: Well, it was a tough day today. It was a tough  night last night.  You have to move on. You understand how serious the situation is and  how tough it is for us to try to turn this around. But now we’re only  looking at tomorrow and trying to win that game. That’s what we’re going  to try to accomplish. Then you take it from there.  But our mindset right now is just to have a really strong game  tomorrow and get our first win.

Q. Yesterday you talked about the Kings have a lot of puck luck in  Game 3, maybe even throughout the series. Is that something you still  believe, there’s been more puck luck for them?

LUNDQVIST: Well, you earn it. You always say you earn your  luck by working hard and making good decisions.  I don’t know. I look at the goals obviously yesterday, and it’s some  skill, yeah, but there’s some luck, too.  Again, I’m not going to take anything away from them. They’ve been  playing well. They’re a really good team. They’re the best team we played  so far. If we don’t play our absolute best, we’re not going to beat them.  You know, we going to have to play really well and we going to have  to rely on some luck, as well, in some situations. That’s just the way it  goes. That’s the way the game is played.

Q. Is your mindset that you need to have a shutout for your team to win? If so, how difficult is it to play like that for you?

LUNDQVIST: No, I don’t feel like that. But I know I have to play really well for us to win. But I think when you go out tomorrow, you don’t think about the end result. (You don’t think) “I need to give up one or less”. I need to think about the process. That’s stopping the next shot. What do you need to do to stay focused the right way? That’s the kind of mindset I have going into the games. Yeah, you’re not changing too much. Even though everything is on the line tomorrow, I think our approach will be similar to what we had so far in this series. There’s a few things we can do a little bit better, that I can do a little bit better. I do believe we can turn this around. I do. Because we’ve been that close in every game. But like I said, they’re a really good team and they’re not going to hand us anything. We have to go out and earn it and, yeah, play a really
strong game.

Q. Richards talked about being a little down, AV said you were less than cheery today, understandably. Is there an anger as part of the emotion in the room? Is anger necessary at this point to maybe kick start you guys?

LUNDQVIST: Yeah, I think you feel a lot of different emotions right now, and anger is probably one of them. I think it’s important that you don’t feel sorry for yourself. But, you know, you’re disappointed and upset you’re in this position.
But at the same time you have to accept it and move on and get ready for the next game. But today, yeah, it’s not a happy room, obviously. We worked really hard and long to get here. Again, we’re playing a really good team. They take advantage of mistakes. They play extremely well defensively, I think. We still believe that we can do it. We have to start by just focusing on the first period tomorrow.

Q. Quick was so good last night. Do you want to get drawn into  making it a one-on-one type battle? How do you feel about that when you  feel a goalie shine like that?

LUNDQVIST: Yeah, he made some unreal saves last night. I  think for us to beat them, obviously, like I said, I have to play well.
But in the first two games we’re right there scoring goals. I think the  big thing is to have a lot of traffic and get in front.
I think L.A., they’re really good. They have one or two guys going  to net all the time. I think we did it really well in L.A. Come in front,  get to loose pucks. That’s something we are going to have to try to do  tomorrow, as well to make it a little tougher for him.
But he’s a really good goalie. I’m going to need my best tomorrow to  try to match that.

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